Salma Hayek always wanted to do comedy but wasn’t ‘allowed to have a sense of humor’

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Salma Hayek is opening up about why certain roles were kept from her throughout a storied career.

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Hayek recently told GQ she would be “typecast” during her career after she stole the show in 1996’s “From Dusk Till Dawn” as a seductive vampire.

“I was feeling insecure [and] just wanted to get through it,” the “Frida” star said about the past role where she danced in a bikini with a snake around her neck. “It was a really small part but to my surprise people really remember that moment.”

Hayek remarked that she was “typecast for a long time” and thought things would change after he Oscar nomination for portraying artist Frida Kahlo in 2002.

“The types of roles that people offered me did not change at all,” she said. “I really struggled and I thought that was going to change, but no.”

The actress revealed it was none other than Adam Sandler who saw more to her than the dancing scene from early in her career.

“My entire life I wanted to do comedy and people wouldn’t give me comedies. I couldn’t land a role until I met Adam Sandler, who put me in a comedy [2010’s ‘Grown Ups’], but I was in my forties! They said, ‘You’re sexy, so you’re not allowed to have a sense of humor,’” she explained. “Not only are you not allowed to be smart, but you were not allowed to be funny in the ‘90s.”

Hayek is now starring in the third and final movie in the “Magic Mike” trilogy, “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” and the dancing tables have turned.

“This is full circle,” she said. “Now, somebody strips for me.”

“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” hits theaters on Feb. 10.

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